New Arrivals 31st to 6th of November 2014

Ballen (R.) photo. & text ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS,
144 pp., 4to., illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2014. R775
Introduction by curator and critic Didi Bozzini.

"In 'Asylum of the Birds' I have photographed birds interacting in a space characterized by discarded objects, other animals, smudged and ghost-like drawings that could have originated in a cave or been part of a funeral ceremony. Unlike my earlier images, human identities have been reduced to body parts; there is hardly a face to be seen in this book. Meaning and metaphor in these images come into being as a result of the interaction of the birds habituating this haunting, complex space. The physical space that I commonly refer to as the asylum is contrastingly a place of refuge and at the same time a place of insanity." Roger Ballen, pg. 142
Coetzee (C.), Murinik (T.) & Klee (A.) eds. EXACT IMAGINATION, 300 years of botanically inspired art in South Africa
235 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. OUT OF STOCK
This publication accompanies the exhibition, "Exact Imagination: 300 years of botanically inspired art in South Africa", curated by Cyril Coetzee and held at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, 2014.

Essays include:
"The Evolution of Botanical Art in South Africa" by John Rourke
"Sparrman the Botanist: a brief introduction" and "Dialogue with Science, Ecology and Botanical History: plants in contemporary South African art" by Cyril Coetzee
"Historical and Contemporary Use of Grasses in Swaziland" by Ramila Patel
"Fertility, Felicity and Flora in Southern African Customary Practices" by Nessa Leibhammer.

Includes work by Willem Boshoff, Gerhard Marx, Karel Nel, Walter Oltmann, Stefanus Rademeyer, Helmut Starcke, Auriol Batten, Francis Bauer, Harry Bolus, Ethel May Dixie, Cythna Letty, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Arabella Roupell, Florence Thwaits, Constantine Freither Von Ettinshausen, and many others.
Hamilton (C.) & Skotnes (P.) eds. UNCERTAIN CURATURE, in and out of the archive
430 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R300
A collection of essays on the archive and the ways it is displayed and interpreted in postcolonial South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Cover to Cover: the contribution of the book to the reproduction of linear, hierarchical modesl of natural history" by Fritha Langerman
"Fugitive Archive: a response to the Bushmen diorama" by Pippa Skotnes
"Fieldwork, Killing Time and Accidental Photographs" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
"Native Work: an artwork by Andrew Putter consisting of 38 portrait photographs (with photography by Hylton Boucher, Kyle Weeks and Andrew Putter)" by Andrew Putter
"Visualising the Realm of a Rain-Queen: the production and circulation of Eileen and Jack Krige's Lobedu fieldwork photographs from the 1930s" by Patricia Davison and George Mahashe
"Outlawed Black Public Spheres: snapshots of cinema's archive" by Litheko Modisane
"The Persistence of Empire: unveiling transnational legacies of race in 'Funnyhouse of a Negro'" by Alexandra Dodd.

Carolyn Hamilton holds a Research Chair in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Pippa Skotnes is Michaelis Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

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